Ahmedabad:There's a reason why series between India and New Zealand on the subcontinent have seldom set pulses racing. There was an excellent series in 1969, when only rain thwarted the tourists in their quest for victory, and the contest nearly two decades later saw results in each of the three Tests. Since then though, a combination of placid pitches and ordinary attacks has conspired to produce seven draws in the last nine Tests.
As at Mohali in 1999 [Dion Nash] and 2003 [Daryl Tuffey], a New Zealand pace bowler gave India an almighty scare but there simply wasn't enough support to complete the task. It didn't help that the pitch was another lifeless Motera special. Between them, Daniel Vettori and Jeetan Patel bowled 61 overs in the second innings, and the two wickets that they had to show for it came from two obvious umpiring mistakes.